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OPINION: Wellness days are not a fair trade for spring break

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Over winter break, Oklahoma State announced its plan to refund students for the memories and experiences that they lost due to the riddance of spring break. Students were reimbursed in the form of wellness days. 

I may not get to see the beautiful mountains of Colorado since my trip is now canceled, but at least my weekly routine will be interrupted a total of three times throughout the semester. Thank goodness, because having a whole week to really pull myself together and encourage myself to finish the semester strong honestly made things more difficult.

These three days are also conveniently placed in the middle of the week so that I can not go home to see my family that I miss dearly, but at least I won’t have any homework that day or the next. Except that I will. 

Many students, myself being one, have already reported assignments being due on wellness days, despite the school promising that would not be happening. 

I understand the effort to “replace” spring break, but this effort has truly failed by fault of the school. I would love to know how many students would have wanted to trade the iconic week of spring break for three measly days of “relaxation”. It’s not even fair trade, as students are cheated out of two full days of vacation, and robbed of the chance to even have a long weekend. OSU realizes that students go home on the weekends anyway, right? 

While this semester, in my opinion, has been much better and way more enjoyable, I just don’t understand why we couldn’t have all just been tested for COVID-19 again after returning from spring break? The school may argue that they did not want students to be able to go to large parties at a lake or raise their chances of contracting COVID-19, but who is to say that students didn’t do that over winter break or even still do on the weekends?

Spring break should not have been canceled, and “wellness days” are not a fair trade. This is the definition of “the bare minimum.”